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Strategies for Resiliency: How Do You Plan for the Future?

This course is part of GCN and Nonprofit University's ongoing response to COVID-19. For additional timely classes, webinars, and other support and resources, visit our devoted page: gcn.org/COVID19.

More than ever, it’s critical for nonprofit leaders to think in terms of multiple time horizons: the next two months, the rest of 2020, and through to the end of 2021.  

Over these past weeks, we have all done incredible work pivoting to face this incredible global challenge. Now, it’s time to adapt: To navigate the extended period of continuous change before us, we need new strategies, trained toward the goal of organizational resiliency.  

This session will focus on resiliency planning – how to build a plan that moves the organization from crisis response to ongoing adaptation, readying you to meet a full range of short-, medium-, and long-term challenges over the next 24 months.  

In particular, you’ll discover the correct framework for your plan, based on the three choices that each organization faces as we confront new economic realities:  

  • To reemerge (How do we reopen in a COVID-19 world?); 
  • To restructure (How do we adapt and change to face a different community?); or  
  • To reorganize (How do we change in significant ways to face a different reality?). 


At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain why it’s urgent for nonprofits to pivot from sustainability to resiliency.
  • Define the three kinds of strategies for an organization weathering the economic crisis – reemerge, restructure, and reorganize.
  • Explain the fundamentals of resilience planning.
  • Engage your stakeholders in planning efforts. 


  • CEOs and executive directors
  • Board members
  • Finance staff
  • Development staff 


With experience as a social entrepreneur, a consultant, the chief of staff for the mayor of Minneapolis, founder of multiple organizations, and the director of nonprofit and for-profit businesses, Kathy Keeley has worked with organizations of all kinds in 50 states and 30 countries. Over her 35-plus years as a consultant, she has turned around struggling and underperforming ventures, helped launch new companies and initiatives, and given established successes new pathways toward efficiency and expansion. More



  • June 9, 2020


9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Online class

You will receive log-in information after registering for the session.

Registration Details

Member: $15
Nonmember: $25

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 678-916-3081

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, this class will be offered online via Zoom. Registrants will be emailed the day before their class with detailed instructions and the Zoom meeting link. 

June 9, 2020


Thanks to the generous support of The Wells Fargo Foundation, GCN offers a limited number of partial scholarships for staff and board members of eligible organizations to attend Nonprofit University. Learn more